Meet the Mets
After losing five straight games on the season and five straight to the Braves, the Mets prevailed with a 7-2 win to salvage the final game of their four-game series. As always, deGrom was great despite hitting a minor roadblock in the fifth, and he notched his first victory of the season. The Mets finally came through with runners in scoring position after their recent ineptitude, going 5-for-13 on the evening. Wilson Ramos launched his first home run of the year, and Michael Conforto picked up three hits.
The Mets suffered a number of injuries in the win. Jeff McNeil was scratched ten minutes prior to first pitch after experiencing lower back tightness during batting practice. Amed Rosario (left quad tightness) and Robinson Cano (left groin tightness) both exited early. J.D. Davis was originally out of the lineup with a stomach illness, but he ended up in starting after McNeil was scratched.
This entire episode showed us one thing: The Mets are a magnet for drama.
Joel Sherman tried to figure out some solutions to the Mets’ early-season struggles.
Josh Harris is the safest potential buyer for the Mets, but he comes with one massive pitfall.
Around the National League East
After another round of negative coronavirus tests and a week off from games, the Phillies were back in action. For their troubles, they were tasked with taking on the 7-1 Yankees and Gerrit Cole. It did not go well for Philadelphia, as they fell 6-3 at Yankee Stadium.
Their Tuesday game has already been postponed due to the weather. The teams will play a double header on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, with each team serving as the home team in one of the games.
To MLB, the Phillies not having any positive cases demonstrates that club-to-club transmission will not be high and their team was following health and safety protocols.
Derek Jeter defended the Marlins amid the coronavirus pandemic and blamed it on a “false sense of security”. He also threw Major League Baseball under the bus, saying the decision to play was their call and not on the team.
Around Major League Baseball
The four-game series between the Cardinals and Tigers has been postponed after a coronavirus outbreak on the Cardinals. To date, 13 people within the St. Louis organization (seven players, six staff) have tested positive.
With coronavirus spreading through baseball, so is the frustration that comes with it.
COVID-19 is knocking teams out of the park, but what will happen once the postseason begins?
Cubs outfielder Steven Souza Jr. ripped Rob Manfred over the way he has handled the coronavirus so far this season.
Yankees’ radio broadcaster John Sterling will return to the team on Wednesday after four days in the hospital.
In a press release, MLB announced that they have hired Michele Meyer-Shipp as their chief people and culture officer.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa reminisced about Pat Strange in his latest Prospect Retrospective.
Steve Sypa provided an update on the CPBL team, the KBO team, and the NPB team that the From Complex to Queens team has been following this year.
Episode 73 of From Complex to Queens looks at the impact minor leaguers have had to date in the MLB season.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1982, Joel Youngblood became the first (and, to date, only) major league player to register a hit with two teams in two different cities on the same day. He picked up a single off Fergie Jenkins in New York’s game against the Cubs while Frank Cashen was in the process of trading him for pitcher Tom Gordon. Youngblood was removed from the game, flew to Montreal to join his new Expos teammates, and picked up a hit off Steve Carlton after entering the game as a defensive replacement.